Luis Mejia Ortiz Claimed Head Injury Caused Him to Molest 9-Year-Old. Now He's Going to Prison
Admitted pederast Luis Mejia Ortiz was in Maricopa County Superior Court today, where he was sentenced to 17 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges that he molested his girlfriend's 9-year-old daughter on several occasions.
In all, Ortiz pleaded guilty to one count of child molestation and three counts of attempted child molestation. Initially, Ortiz was charged with four counts of sexual conduct with a minor, one count of sexual abuse, one count of child molestation, and one count of public sexual indecency.
In addition to the prison time, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Sherry Stephens sentenced Ortiz to lifetime probation and ordered that he register as a sex offender for life.
If you ask Ortiz why he molested the girl, he claims it's because he suffered a head injury.
Ortiz was arrested in December after admitting to the girl's mother -- his girlfriend -- and police that he had touched the girl's vagina on four occasions, including a December 2 incident, in which he did so next to the family's Christmas tree. He told police it "got him excited."
According to court documents obtained by New Times, the girl told her mother that between August and December of 2010, there were three incidents in which Ortiz touched her breasts under the clothes and inserted something into her vagina. In one case, she told police, he tried to put his penis into her vagina but she pushed him away.
She says all the attacks happened at her parent's house while her mother was at work.
The 9-year-old victim also told police that she saw Ortiz get on top of her 5-year-old sister while wearing nothing but his underwear. The girl says she heard him mention something about "how cold it was."
The 5-year-old told police that Ortiz inserted "something" into her vagina, as well.
Earlier this month, the 9-year-old told her mother and grandmother what had been going on with mommy's boyfriend. The mother called the cops who arranged a confrontation call.
During the call, Ortiz admitted to touching the girls. When police went to pick up Ortiz, his brother told officers Ortiz said he knew what he did was wrong and he'd fled to Mexico. The brother told cops Ortiz wanted to turn himself in.
Ortiz surrendered to police and admitted to molesting the girls. He told cops he would touch the 5-year-old before she went to school.
When he was arrested, Ortiz told police he "wasn't right" because of a previous head injury.
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